Hiking the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye

Overview

In Scotland’s realm of mist-shrouded crags, heathered moors, and brooding castles, we’ve designed a hiking adventure that reveals this ancient land’s most stunning settings, from the glistening lochs of Glen Affric to the seascapes of the Outer Hebrides. Our trails bring us through historic Glencoe and among the pinnacles of the Quiraing. Along the way, we listen to a storyteller, meet a tweed weaver, sample fresh-caught scallops, sip fine single-malt whisky, hear tales of the Campbells and Macdonalds, and enjoy the warm welcome of the Scots. Our accommodations include two elegant country mansions.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Loch Ness / Glen Affric

Our hikes bring us along Loch Ness, where we keep an eye out for Nessie, and into Glen Affric, Scotland’s most beautiful glen, with its ancient Caledonian pinewoods. One evening, we’ll be entertained by a local storyteller—joining a beloved tradition of Scottish culture.

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Days 3-5
Outer Hebrides / Harris and Lewis / Callanish Standing Stones

Ferrying to the beautifully wild Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, we hike along coastal cliffs to a village of traditional thatched houses, then end our day at the magical Callanish Standing Stones, older than Stonehenge and steeped in legend. On the Isle of Harris, beaches and mountain tracks offer us delightful hiking, and we meet a Harris Tweed weaver to learn about the island’s traditional hand-loomed fabric.

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Days 6-7
Isle of Skye / Quiraing / Cuillins

Skye is extraordinary, with its fairytale landscapes and haunted castles, and our hikes explore the spires of the Quiraing and the brooding Black Cuillins, among the most spectacular mountains in the United Kingdom. Famous full-bodied single malt whisky is made on this island and we’ll head to a traditional distillery to sample it.

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Days 8-10
Glencoe

The hidden valley of Glencoe was the site of the epic battles of the Campbell and MacDonald clans, and we soak up the legends as we hike among the valley’s mystical moors and woodlands. Depart on Day 10 via Inverness.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike along Loch Ness, in beautiful Glen Affric, and in the “lost valley” of Glencoe
Enjoy atmospheric accommodations, including two magnificent country estates
Taste whiskies, meet a traditional weaver, hear a local storyteller
Discover the wild landscapes of the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye
Gaelic legends, dramatic seascapes, and stunning mountains, including the incredible rock pinnacles of the Quiraing
Visit the amazing Callanish Standing Stones, one of the most complete stone circles in Europe

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6295  
Arrive: Inverness, Scotland
Depart: Inverness, Scotland
Lodging: 9 nights hotels and historic inns
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-7 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike).

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